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Heartwarming and life-changing stories from A Hand UP for Women.

Hand UP for Women Graduate Explains Holiday Hardship for Women in Need

November 14th, 2022|

What’s supposed to be the happiest time of year filled with family gatherings, cheerful music, delicious treats and feelings of warmth and love, can be anything but for women in need. “It’s still a struggle,” Joy Bright said about the holidays. Bright graduated from Hand UP for Women in 2020 [...]

Hand Up for Women Works to Help Those Impacted by Opiate Addiction

August 23rd, 2022|

Opioid addiction in Knox County: the impacts on women and how A Hand Up for Women can help victims. Hand Up for Women exists to help women living in poverty and challenging situations build resilience and overcome the obstacles in their way. Part of this process includes helping women in [...]

Mel’s Story

January 10th, 2020|

When Mel came to interview as a prospective participant for HUFW, she said, “I know ya’ll are scared of me.” Apparently, she had grown accustomed to people being intimidated by her partially-shaved head, numerous facial and ear piercings, and abundant tattoos. She was dressed in clothing that reflected her long [...]

Crystal’s Story

January 9th, 2020|

Crystal can’t remember a day growing up in Johnson City that didn’t include drugs. Drug abuse, drug sales, drug crime…that was what her parents’ lives revolved around. Both her parents were addicts, so Crystal and her siblings followed suit. By the time she was 12, her parents had divorced. Crystal [...]

Mary Frances’s Story

November 22nd, 2019|

I am 51 years old and became addicted when I was 29 while working as a pharmaceutical sales representative. It was during this time that I met my future husband, who was in medical school at the time. The agreement was that I would go to treatment, get clean [...]

Marilyn’s Story

September 25th, 2019|

This wonderful ministry has brought me to the best part of my life! After my mother’s passing in 2010, my second divorce in 2013, and poor financial choices I had made throughout my adult life, I found myself very depressed, over 50, and going nowhere. I was living paycheck [...]

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